Damaging your skin barrier has never been easier. OTC beauty products are packed with exfoliants, which promise to deliver clear, glowing, and wrinkle free skin. Chemical exfoliants have become sort of a trend, and are the go-to solution for acne treatment, anti-aging and everything in-between. Just look on any ingredient list, and you’ll be sure to find at least one. You can find them in cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, masks and other beauty treatments.
Unbeknownst to the average person, chemical exfoliants can severely damage the skin, and often do more harm than good. The misuse of exfoliants damage the skin barrier. Continuous use on a regular basis can result in hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, skin irritation, fine lines and wrinkles. It’s important to read every ingredient list before purchasing a new product, and regulate the amount of chemical exfoliants in your skincare routine.
Once the damage has been done, it’s a long arduous process to restore the skin barrier to its healthy state. It’s essential to remove all chemical exfoliants from your skincare routine, and take it back to the basics. Remember that less is more when it comes to repairing the skin barrier. Use gentle products packed with hydrating , soothing and protective ingredients.
If you’ve had the good fortune of not damaging your skin barrier, you can still add gentle products to your regimen to strengthen and protect the skin. Prevention is always better than cure.
Healthy skin begins with a healthy skin barrier. Learn more about skin barrier functions, how to spot the symptoms of a damaged skin barrier, and how to rebuild it.
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The Best Products For The Skin Barrier
This gentle cream cleanser was formulated for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types. It contains ceramides, niacinamide, and thermal spring water. Gentle enough for daily use, this cleanser effectively removes makeup and impurities while maintaining the moisture barrier and pH level.
Provide your skin barrier with the protection it needs, with this mild gel cleanser. This cleanser contains Centella Asiatica extract which helps hydrate, soothe and strengthen the skin. Defence Barrier pH Cleanser will not upset the skin's moisture balance and adds an extra dose of hydration.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is tough enough to remove stubborn makeup, yet extremely gentle on the skin. This product is cheap and cheerful, so purchase with your eyes closed. It's formulated with squalane, which supports skin barrier function, and helps to replenish moisture.
Eau Thermale by La Roche-Posey can be used in place of a face toner, especially for those with extremely irritated or sensitive skin. These healing waters work to hydrate, soothe, and give the skin a vital dose of antioxidants.
This refreshing, lightweight toner balances the skin's pH. Formulated with Sinus Pinaster Bark extract, and seven types of Centella Asiatica extracts to calm inflammation, protect, and strengthen the skin barrier. This face toner is suited for all skin types.
A two-in-one toner that preps the skin and adds an extreme dose of hydration. Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer intensely hydrates the skin. This product is an excellent choice for stressed out skin. It contains amino acids, antioxidants, white leaf tea water and glycerin. Results can be seen after the first use. This face toner will leave the skin refreshed and looking radiant.
If your skin is longing for moisture, Vichy Minéral 89 is the way to go. This serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Vichy Minéral 89 can be added to any skincare routine, both day and night. It intensely hydrates, and plumps the skin. It is dermatologist-tested and suitable for all skin types.
Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule is both pure and mild. It was formulated for all skin types, and is also gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. This serum contains 100% Centalla Asiatica Extract, well known for its calming and protective effects on the skin. Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule repairs the skin barrier, moisturizes and calms the skin.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Serum is a great option for people with a compromised skin barrier, and are facing issues with acne. This highly concentrated serum reduces redness, calms skin, and helps repair the moisture barrier. This serum contains niacinamide, Centella Asiatica, glycerin, a host of other antioxidants, and skin soothing herbs.
Simplicity at its finest, this is the perfect moisturizer for when less equals more. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer is one of the best moisturizers to repair damage to the skin barrier. This light weight moisturizer contains thermal water, ceramides, glycerin, and niacinamide. It is suitable for all skin types, and works to repair skin barrier damage, hydrate, calm irritation and strengthen skin.
Marketed as an anti-aging cream, SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is clinically proven to nourish the skin and diminish the signs of aging. This patented formula contains a lipid ratio of 2% pure cerimaides 1 and 3, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids. Triple Lipid Restore helps to nourish aging skin, while strengthening the skin barrier, improving firmness and the skin's overall radiance. This anti-aging cream is ideal for normal, dry and aging skin. The price point is quite steep, so please look before taking the plunge.
This multi-purpose cream by La Roche-Posay helps to relieve irritation, dryness, and protect the skin from further damage. Cicaplast Baume B5 contains vitamin B5, shea butter, and Madecassoside. It is suitable for all skin types.
MASKS & TREATMENTS
Have sweet dreams and wake up to healthier skin, with Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask. This mask works hard overnight to strengthen the skin barrier. It is perfect for sensitive skin types and for people experiencing issues with their skin barrier. This overnight miracle mask contains Forest Yeast, Centella Asiatica, Panthenol, and Cypress Leaf extract. Laneige Cica sleeping Mask is very soothing and comforting to the skin. A great choice for people who want to give their skin a little TLC.
SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair was specifically formulated for compromised skin. This treatment combines Centella Asiatica with Beta Glucan to form a protective layer, and assist in skin barrier repair. SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair also decreases redness, soothes irritated skin, and boosts cell renewal. It can be used on a compromised skin barrier, or after cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion and laser skin therapy.
The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment combines a 3% blend of ceramides, along with 2.5% multi-molecular hyaluronic acid. This nourishing treatment works overnight to penetrate the skin, leaving it rehydrated, plump and protected. It is suitable for all skin types.